Andy Roddick: The Road to 500 Wins

August 6, 2009 04:01 PM

Andy Roddick has a career record of 499-157 and will attempt to win his 500th career match tonight against American Sam Querrey in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, an Olympus US Open Series event in Washington, D.C.

The milestone would cap what has been one of the all-time great American tennis careers-- even at the young age of 26 when Roddick presumably has many years of world-class tennis left in him.

To refresh memories on how Andy Roddick traveled to this precipice of history, let us relive the ride and spotlight some of the finest facts and moments of his career:


A Consummate Winner

- With his next victory, Roddick would become the fourth active player (and the 36th all-time in the Open era-- since 1968) to reach the 500-win plateau. At 499 wins going into tonight, Roddick also has the most career wins of any active American men's player.

- Over the course of his career, Roddick has defeated 212 different players from 42 different countries.

- First career win: def. Fernando Vicente-- 6-4, 6-0; March 2000; Miami, Florida

- 100th career win: def. James Blake-- 7-6(3), 6-3; October 2002; Basel, Switzerland

- 200th career win: def. Guillermo Coria-- 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-1(ret.); March 2004; Miami, Florida

- 300th career win: def. Thierry Ascione-- 7-5, 6-3; October 2005; Lyon, France

- 400th career win: def. Marcos Baghdatis-- 6-2, 6-3; August 2007; Montreal, QC, Canada

- As a professional, Roddick has defeated Hyung-Taik Lee of Korea ten times-- the most of any opponent in his career (only having lost to him once).

Grand Slam Glory

- 104-33 career record in Grand Slam tournaments, reaching five finals and capturing the 2003 US Open Men's Singles Championship, def. Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3.

- At Wimbledon 2009, Roddick set a record for the most games won in a Grand Slam final with 39 against Roger Federer, losing a classic five-set battle.

Davis Cup Hero

- Having 31 Davis Cup singles victories to his credit, Roddick chases only John McEnroe (41) for most career wins by an American in Davis Cup competition.

- Roddick is a perfect 10-0 in matches where a U.S. overall team win could have been clinched.

- In September 2004, Roddick blasted a 155-mph ace against Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus during a Davis Cup semifinal in Charleston, SC. To this day, it is the fastest serve ever recorded.


Statistics provided by both the USTA and the ATP World Tour



 

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